Staging Politics: The Lasting Impact of Shakespeare's Histories

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Columbia University Press, 1993 - 224 pages

In a series of readings, the author examines Shakespeare's five major history plays and accounts for their continued popularity, both in film and on stage. He examines the historical context out of which the plays emerged, and describes how the period gave birth to a modern form of politics.

 

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Contents

PRELIMINARIES
1
THE PROBLEM OF THE MODERN
25
Historiography
32
Inversion Reversal Foreshadowing
54
SelfSeeking Power
61
RICHARD II
69
SelfStaging Through Language
84
RolePlaying and the Pragmatics of Action VisàVis
102
Correct Conduct as a Dramatic Blank
141
Subversion and Power
160
HENRY V
167
Directing the Imagination
175
Monumental History
181
EPILOGUE
188
Notes
203
Index
221

HENRY IV PARTS 1 AND 2
115
Plural Worlds
122

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